Premier League club Everton have paid tribute to former manager and Rangers legend Walter Smith by wearing black armbands in their clash with Wolves.
Walter managed the Toffees for close to four years between 1998 and 2002 and was remembered via the gesture as Rafa Benitez’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat at Molineux.
Max Kilman and Raul Jimenez had Wolves 2-0 by halftime with Nigerian international Alex Iwobi pulling one back for the Goodison Park club in the second half.
This was Everton’s first game since the passing of Walter Smith last week and their first opportunity to pay a tribute such as this to the Great man.
Walter passed away aged 73 after a battle with illness and his death has been felt across the footballing world.
A man of magnificent stature and huge influence across the beautiful game, football lost a giant in the shape of Smith and everyone from former players to current managers have paid tribute.
Whilst Smith was most synonymous with his time at Rangers – where he won 21 major honours as manager – his time at Everton and Scotland also left an impression.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright pays tribute to Walter Smith
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright was one such voice who paid tribute to Walter following his passing and referred to the legendary manager as “a great leader and great man”.
“He was one of the very best people I was lucky enough to meet in my lifetime in football,” said Kenwright [Everton].
“A man of loyalty, integrity and great talent. Strong when he needed to be but with a mischievous sense of humour that could ease even the most tense situations.
“Walter and I shared a lot together during the takeover years but among many, many examples of real friendship, one will always stick out.
“We had just… tearfully… agreed his farewell to Goodison, when he slapped his hands together and said ‘Okay Bill, who are we going to get to manage this great club of ours?’
“Even in a moment of real sadness, he refused to put himself first…one of the true attributes of a great leader. And that’s exactly what Walter Smith was. A great leader. And a great man.”
Rangers have confirmed details of a special memorial service which will be held for Walter Smith at Glasgow Cathedral.